This is a perfect weeknight meal because it doesn't take long to put together, it doesn't use any strange ingredients, and it's pretty healthy but still filling. All you have to do is sauté some apples, onions, and a bit of garlic until they're soft and fragrant, cook your chicken in some apple juice so it ends up nice and juicy, then combine everything together and serve it over some rice for a complete dinner. You could also throw in a side salad or vegetables to add a bit more nutrition to your meal.
The apples pair really well with the chicken, and the thyme brings an added punch of flavour that keeps the dish from being too sweet. This is definitely a great recipe to have on hand when you need to use up your apples, but it's also worth buying apples just to make this tasty meal!
Chicken and Apple Sauté
Adapted from Diana Ratray at About.com
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tart apples, peeled and chopped
1/2 a medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, pounded thin
1 cup apple juice
1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
salt & pepper
1/2 cup uncooked instant brown rice
Heat one teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the apples, onion, garlic, thyme, and cinnamon, and cook until apples and onions are soft, about 5-6 minutes, stirring often. Transfer mixture to a bowl and set aside.
Add remaining teaspoon of olive oil to the skillet and cook chicken breasts, turning once, for about 5 minutes total or until golden brown on both sides. Leave chicken in pan and reduce heat to medium low. Set 1 tablespoon of apple juice aside and pour the remaining apple juice in the skillet along with the apple cider vinegar. Cover and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear. Remove chicken and transfer to a platter or wrap in foil to keep warm (but leave the sauce in the pan).
Meanwhile, as the chicken is cooking, cook the rice according to package directions.
After you’ve removed the chicken from the pan, combine the cornstarch with the reserved tablespoon of apple juice in a small bowl, then stir it into the skillet juices and cook over medium-high heat, scraping up any browned bits, for 2 minutes or until juices are thickened.
Add the apple-onion mixture to the skillet and cook until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
To serve, place chicken atop cooked rice, and spoon apple mixture on top of the chicken.